Canals & intimate rivers
19,59 Km
1 h 18 min
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19,59 km cycling route from Melun to Fontainebleau

This stage offers a symphony of blues and greens, as you ride between the Seine and the vast Fontainebleau Forest. Cycling between these waters and woods proves a treat for the eyes, and for the lungs, as you breathe in the clean air. The Bois-le-Roi outdoor leisure centre provides an ideal spot at which to unwind a while. A bit further on, Samois-sur-Seine is one of the most beautiful villages in the Ile-de-France Region, a joy to behold… and, should you pass through in June during the Django Reinhardt Festival, a thrill for the ears. The royal town of Fontainebleau counts as a great spot for a stopover; leaving the next morning you’ll feel you’ve topped up your red blood cell count the previous day!

Elevation of the stage

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 6,48 km By road: 13,11 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 11,25 km Rugueux: 4,92 km Inconnu: 3,42 km

The route

Along the Seine’s west bank, alternating between cycle paths and cycle lanes, with stretches on minor roads at times. Take care at Bois-le-Roi, at the level of the bridge over the Seine on the D115 road. Signposted EV3.
Surfacing smooth: concrete and asphalt.

Cycling link towards Fontainebleau from Valvins Bridge


  • Crossrail RER D station + Transilien train station at Melun
  • Transilien train station at Bois-le-Roi
  • Transilien Avon – Fontainebleau train station

Don't miss

  • Melun : the historic centre; the Ile St-Etienne and Seine quays; the Maison Natale de Jacques Amyot (recalling the 16th-century humanist born here); the Bouquinistes de Melun (book-sellers’ booths by the Seine); Seine cruises from June to September, Musée de la gendarmerie nationale
  • Bois-le-Roi : base de loisirs régionale de Bois-le-Roi (the Ile de Loisirs outdoor leisure centre), with bathing possible in a natural lake
  • Samois-sur-Seine : in June, the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival; the villas, rustic centre and islands on the Seine
  • Vulaines-sur-Seine : Musée départemental Stéphane Mallarmé (on the great French symbolist poet)
  • Fontainebleau : château et parc, the grand château and grounds; the historic town centre

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